2010, The Year of Fruitfulness

January 2, 2011

Sorry for the delay, folks!

For the first time in a few years, I didn’t get my New Year’s resolutions post up on the last day of the year! I’ll be the first to admit, New Year’s Eve is my most favorite holiday. Unfortunately, mine was quite full of social obligations, and I was unable to really sit down and write these out until this very afternoon.

This is the place where I would normally say something both nostalgic and profound about my experiences, and, without naming names, talk about some of them more in-depth. This year, I will take this small opportunity to acknowledge all of the people in my life who have stood by me, even if I was trying to push them away.

It’s been an interesting twelve months.

Let’s take a look at what my resolutions for 2010 were, and then we can talk about this year’s. πŸ™‚


the retrospect edition

1. Do my student teaching.
Thank goodness for this one. Not only am I already well on my way, but this very week I begin my student teaching five days a week. I was blessed to be taken under the wing of Jeff Ferderer, one of my former English teachers, and every day spent in his classroom has nothing short of remarkable.

2. Continue writing poetry, and reopen the short story idea.
As some of you can probably attest to, I certainly kept writing. This year, I wrote another couple dozen pieces of poetry, and just like I’d hoped, I struck out into the short story genre a little more. I’m still not a novelist (not by a long shot), but I like working with a new medium.

3. Don’t screw this up.
This one was about my relationship with Christine, which, I have to admit, is still going strong. She is my puzzle piece, and the one person I know I can always rely on to make me smile. I love you!

4. Reconnect with friends far away.
Sort of a double-edged sword, isn’t it? Some of my dearest friends are still in contact (almost every day), while others have become little more than a shadow. Circumstances notwithstanding, I’d say I have accomplished this one… but at a hefty cost.

5. Take a trip, preferably a spontaneous one.
Hmm… Not to say that I wasn’t spontaneous for the entirety of 2010, but I don’t think I ever went on that random trip to Ocean Shores or anything. Not having a car until halfway through the year didn’t help either. Maybe I can get this one again soon!

6. Start getting a teaching job lined up.
It is the next step, but unfortunately I have to wait to be fully certified before I can go throwing out my resume to every superintendent in western Washington. Just keep your fingers crossed that by May I’ll have something (or a few somethings) up in the air for this.

7. Do some charity work of some kind.
Can’t cross this one off my list quite yet, although my week of volunteering back in September gave me a small taste of this world.. and I enjoyed it! I gave up a week of my summer to help with SPU’s freshmen orientation, and it helped introduce me to the kids from my USEM class for fall quarter. It was a privilege to get to know them all.

8. Learn how to cook.
I have made certain strides in the culinary arts this year, many of which being pasta related. In fact, this resolution is making me hungry for some gnocchi. Mmmm… Gnocchi…

9. Lose a few pounds.
While I haven’t lost any pant sizes or anything, I feel a bit healthier this year. I try to eat healthier, and I also have been told by family and friends in the last few months that I look a bit thinner. Who knew eating salad instead of mac and cheese could have such a profound effect??

10. Pray more.
I have been trying to, but to be honest I don’t really feel any closer to God since last December. Perhaps my close encounters of the educational kind will help me see God in my students.


It would appear that I met at least half of my goals this past year. Not bad, amiright?

Now about this crazy 2011… I could make a joke about our apparent lack of flying cars, but we all know those won’t show up until 2015 (thanks Doc Brown). As for my view of this next year, all I can say is that I feel like I’m on the home-stretch. I’m six months from graduating college, and nine months from (hopefully!) working in my own classroom. The horizon has never felt so close.

That being said, let’s see my resolutions for this year:



1. Go to at least 5 live concerts this year.
I’m tired of always hearing about the most awesome show in the world. I WANNA GO!

2. Talk to a publisher of some sort about putting out a collection of my work.
Who knows? Maybe someone out there will like what I have to say.

3. Visit California, including the Happiest Place on Earth.
That’s right. Disneyland. Though, to be fair, I want to check out most of southern CA.

4. Help out a stranger in need.
Whether it is jumping a car or giving someone $20, people need to be reminded that humanity is still out there.

5. Graduate from SPU.
It kind of goes without saying, but I’ve had so many obstacles to overcome during my time at Seattle Pacific that I’m going to take it one step at a time so that at the end of the day I know it was really me who did it.

6. Start saving some money.
I have a savings account, but it rarely has more than five dollars in it.

7. Get my own place again.
I figure with getting a job somewhere this summer, I’ll probably have to strike out on my own again.

8. Sponsor a child in a third world country.
My dad has been doing it for a while now, and I think it’s a noble cause to get behind.

9. Get a tattoo.
This one returns to the list with a vengeance! My 24th birthday is just around the corner, it’s about time I get one.

10. Get a dog.
If you know me, at all, you’ll understand how huge this one is to me. I love dogs. If I have to push this one back another year, I’ll be rather disappointed. I think that with finding a new place and starting my professional career outside of college, getting a new partner in crime would be a worthy goal to accomplish.


I know, right? It’s crazy. I don’t know what kind of shenanigans I will get into this next year, or who I will still be able to talk to twelve months from now. All I know is that if you’re reading this right now, I hope you’ve had a safe holiday, and that I hope we can reconnect within the coming weeks. I love each of you.

Oh, and thanks for reading! πŸ™‚



4 Responses to “2010, The Year of Fruitfulness”

  1. rascanio Says:

    I’d say that out of all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet on this Earth, you’re one of the top ten most rounded. Good on ya, my friend. I’m sure you’ll get to discover the great unknowns of “growing up” long before the rest of us!

  2. Michael Says:

    hahah well thanks, friend. i’m not sure about the whole “growing up” business lol but i’ll do my best!

  3. I am so lucky that you’re mine πŸ™‚
    Can I help pick out the puppy? πŸ˜€

  4. rascanio Says:

    We have several wonderful dogs and puppies available for adoption at the Whatcom Humane Society. Just saying. πŸ˜‰


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